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Spatial Social Thought

From Microfinance to Business Planning

Local Knowledge in Global Science Encounters

Escaping Poverty Traps

Michael Kuhn and

Roberto Moro Visconti

Kazumi Okamoto, Editors

Michael Kuhn

is director, Knowwhy

Global Research, and president, World

Roberto Moro Visconti


Geopolitics, Securitization, and Political DecisionMaking Andreas Heinrich and Heiko Pleines, Editors

This timely collection offers fresh perspective on the fight over access to the Caspian Sea region’s energy resources. To date, the export of Caspian crude oil and natural gas has only been assessed geopolitically, which oversimplifies the political dynamics of the region and neglects to recognize the Caspian countries as actors in their own right. Andreas Heinrich

is a researcher

at the University of Bremen. Heiko Pleines

is head of the

Social Sciences and Humanities

corporate finance at the Catholic


department of Politics and Economics

University of Milan.

at the Research Centre for East

Kazumi Okamoto

European Studies and lecturer in

is secretary

general of the World Social Sciences

comparative politics at the University

and Humanities Network.

of Bremen.

$46.00 paper 978-3-8382-0539-7 A p r i l 300 pages

$33.00 paper 978-3-8382-0526-7

$66.00 paper 978-3-8382-0562-5

P o l i t i c s   /   I n t e r n at i o n a l

M a r c h 332 pages

J u n e 650 pages

R e l at i o n s

S o c i o lo g y

B u s i n e ss   /   F i n a n c e

Changing Europe

F o r S a l e O n ly i n t h e u n i t e d s tat es , C a n a d a , Me x i c o , Ce n t r a l A m e r i c a , S o u t h A m e r i c a , C a r i b b e a n , A u s t r a l i a , Ne w Ze a l a n d , a n d Asi a ( e x c l u d i n g C h i n a a n d I n d i a )

This volume presents perspectives on spatially construed knowledge systems and their struggle to interrelate. Western social sciences tend to be wrapped up in specific, exclusionary discourses, and Northern and Southern knowledge systems are sidelined. Spatial Social Thought reimagines the social sciences as a place of encounter among all spatially bound, parochial knowledge systems.

This groundbreaking book shows how innovative microfinance solutions can help billions escape poverty and atavism. Roberto Moro Visconti offers bottom-up development strategies for microcredit-driven startups and beyond. His forceful analysis of poverty traps and practical guidelines for such strategies as how to create business-plan templates as Excel spreadsheets are designed to help practitioners and analysts alike realize the true potential of microfinance.

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Columbia University Press Spring 2014 Catalog